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All 50 Samples sent to South Africa for Test of Congo Fever Proved Negative except one

Islamabad, March 7, 2002 - All the 50 samples sent to South Africa for confirmation of Crimean Congo Hamorrhagic Fever found negative except one. This was disclosed by the Federal Health Minister, Dr. Abdul Malik Kasi on receipt of report from Dr. Athar Saeed Dil, Executive Director of National Institute of Health who sent all the samples to South Africa under special arrangements received from all over the country. Twenty samples were collected from the doctors, nurses and paramedical staff who attended Dr. Farzana and the first patient named Ms. Salma from AJ&K who died in the Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpinidi. Dr. Farzana who attended the patient Salma fell prey to CCHF. She was brought to PIMS Islamabad in critical condition, where profuse bleeding started from her nose and mouth when put on ventilator. On suspicion of CCHF, a team was called from National Institute of Health who collected the blood sample. The sample was confirmed as carrier of CCHF but for further confirmation it was sent to virological labs established by WHO in South Africa. The report was received here by Dr. Ather Saeed Dil through E-mail. It may be mentioned here that Dr. Farzana was given twenty voils of Rebavarene inter venus injections and blood. But she could not survive and died on February 25.
Twenty four samples were collected from the family members of Mst. Salma. Twenty members were from Bagh (AJ&K) and four from Rawalakot AJ&K. One sample from the suspected patient of CCHF was from Wah Cantt and four were received from CMH, Rawalpindi. 20 samples were collected from Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi. All the samples were found negative.
Dr. Abdul Malik Kasi said that with grace of Allah Almighty there should be no fear of epidemic of CCHF. But as a precautionary measure, all the cattles farmers should destroy the ticks with the help of pesticides sticking to their cattle because some of ticks are affected by CCHF and these ticks transmit the CCHF virus to cattles where it find its way to human being.
He said, precautionary measures should also be adopted by all the Health Care Providers and the attendants of the suspected patients.
Dr. Athar Saeed Dil, E.D., NIH told that his institute is concentrating a vigilant eye on all over the country and teams from NIH reach at all the suspected places of CCHF epidemic. The medicine is also available, there should be no fear at all. The tablets of Rabaverene at the cost of Rs.120/- per ten are available in the market, the disease is curable with the help of this medicine in its early stage. In critical condition of patient, inter venous injections are applied. The cost of one injection is 10,000 dollars. Uptil now four injections were given to critical patients and three survived. NIH has placed orders for the import of more injections. Twenty of them will be received very shortly.

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